Israel bans use of ultra-skinny models| Reuters


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Israeli lawmakers have banned underweight models from catwalks and commercials, a measure they hope will reduce eating disorders and promote a healthy body image.

The law, passed late on Monday, says women and men cannot be hired for modeling jobs unless a doctor stipulates they are not underweight, with a body mass index (BMI) -- a measure expressing a ratio of weight to height -- of no less than 18.5.

Rachel Adato, one of the lawmakers who pushed the bill, said ahead of the vote she hoped the law would protect youth from pursuing unattainable ideals of beauty.

Danit Rozman, an Israeli model on Barkan's set, said it was important for young women to accept who they were. "I think it's better to bring something more real to the industry and in general to the world," Rozman said.
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